The German national basketball team is in the final of the World Cup for the very first time. With a very narrow 113:111, they prevailed against the favored USA in the semi-finals this Friday. Germany will now face Serbia in the final, with the broadcast starting on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. The final will also be shown on free TV – thanks to an agreement between ZDF and Deutsche Telekom, which owns the rights to the broadcast.
The transmission begins following the “ZDF television garden“. The “sportstudio live” takes viewers into the world of basketball from 2:15 p.m. The show is moderated by Sven Voss, live commentator is Daniel Pinschower. Basketball player Bastian Doreth is also a real expert.
Final of the Basketball World Cup live on ZDF
ZDF sports director Yorck Polus is also pleased about this development: “Viewers in Germany can experience the greatest success of the German national basketball team live on ZDF on Sunday. We are pleased to broadcast this crowning conclusion to the World Cup live. This was made possible, among other things, by the willingness to cooperate of the owner of the broadcast rights to the Basketball World Cup in Germany.”
Last year, RTL acquired games from the European Basketball Championship as part of a sublicense. This time, however, the station showed no interest, partly because of the early kick-off times. The public broadcasters also initially refused. The previous World Cup games were exclusively at MagentaSport to see where the final will be broadcast on Sunday – free of charge and without registration.
Deutsche Telekom is satisfied with how the tournament has gone so far and underlines the success of its TV strategy. MagentaTV boss Arnim Butzen: “Our TV strategy is working. Basketball and the DBB selection electrify the masses. We are achieving record usage figures and are pleased that we have been showing the German team’s games in top quality to all fans in Germany free of charge since the start of the tournament.” He did not give specific numbers. “The team’s outstanding sporting achievements deserve the biggest possible stage in Germany. With our agreement with ZDF, we are once again underlining the importance of this tournament and this great success.”